Israelis Just Keep Killing People, Stealing Land

One can look at events in Gaza through the left or through the right eye. One can condemn them as inhuman, cruel and mistaken, or justify them as necessary and unavoidable. But there is one adjective that is beyond question: They are stupid. If the late Barbara Tuchman were still alive, she might be tempted … Continue reading “Israelis Just Keep Killing People, Stealing Land”

Ehud Barak, Best of a Bad Lot

In the late 1980s, my secretary told me that the Deputy Chief of Staff wanted to see me. That was rather surprising. The army command was not on friendly terms with my paper, Haolam Hazeh. For dozens of years we had been officially boycotted by the army, after publishing a story which the then Chief … Continue reading “Ehud Barak, Best of a Bad Lot”

When Rabin Tried To Make Peace

After commenting on most of the episodes on the first Israeli Prime Ministers in Raviv Drucker’s TV series The Captains, I must come back to the one whose episode I have not yet covered: Yitzhak Rabin. Let me state right from the beginning: I liked the man. He was a man after my own heart: … Continue reading “When Rabin Tried To Make Peace”

The Brainwashing of the Israelis

It’s frightening. Unprincipled psychologists, in the service of a malignant regime, use sophisticated techniques in order to control the mind of a person from afar. The term "brainwashing" was born in 1950. It is a Chinese word ("xinao", literally wash brain). Originally it served to describe a technique used – so it was claimed – … Continue reading “The Brainwashing of the Israelis”

Israelis Kill Unarmed Protesters, Barely Notice

Write down: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief. We don’t belong to the same army, or to the same state. We … Continue reading “Israelis Kill Unarmed Protesters, Barely Notice”